Former Humboldt Broncos player and assistant coach Brayden Klimosko is the new G-M and head coach of the S-J-H-L`s Battlefords North Stars.
Klimosko comes to the Battlefords after one season as assistant coach with Drumheller of the Alberta Junior loop.
Meanwhile, an inter-league trade has Melfort sending 20-year-old forward Drew Warkentine to Lloydminster of the A-J for a pair of 19-year-olds in forward Jacob Tibbats and defenceman Andrew Liwiski plus future considerations. Following are news releases…
North Stars Announce New Head Coach/GM
The Battlefords North Stars are proud to announce the new Head Coach and General Manager for the 2018-19 Season, Brayden Klimosko.
Klimosko comes to the Battlefords having played in the SJHL with the Humboldt Broncos for 3 seasons (2006-2008). In 2007 and 2008 Klimosko was apart of the League Championship team as well as the Anavet and National Championships in 2008 with the Broncos.
Klimosko began his coaching career in his hometown with the Humboldt Broncos as an Assistant Coach/Assistant GM from 2013 – 2017. He was also the Marketing Manager for the Broncos during his time with them.
Most recently Klimosko was the Assistant Coach with the Drumheller Dragons in the AJHL where they had a successful 2017-18 season.
The Battlefords North Stars Hockey Club along with our fans and community members are excited to have Brayden apart of our franchise and look forward to the 2018-19 Season!
Mustangs trade Warkentine to Lloydminster, acquire Liwiski, Tibbatts and Futures
The Melfort Mustangs have acquired two players from the Lloydminster Bobcats. Coming to Melfort are 99’ Forward Jacob Tibbatts, 99’ Defenceman Andrew Liwiski, along with future considerations. Going to the Lloydminster Bobcats is 98’ forward Drew Warkentine.
The 3 player trade was made this morning and see’s the Mustangs pick up 2 experienced players. Liwiski, from Dauphin, Manitoba, appeared in 50 regular season games for the Bobcats scoring 2 goals and 6 points from the back end. The former Parkland Ranger of the Manitoba AAA Hockey league, was once a point per game player with the Rangers. Scoring 43 points in 42 regular season and playoff games combined during the 2016-17 season.
Tibbatts, from Foxwarren, Manitoba, split last season with the Lloydminster Bobcats and the Battleford North Stars. In 38 combined games he scored 2 goals and 6 points. He also appeared in 3 playoff games for the Bobcats. Tibbatts played the 2016-17 season with the Yellowhead Chiefs of the Manitoba AAA Hockey League and scored 19 goals for 32 points in 44 games. The Mustangs also received Future Considerations in the trade.
Moving on from Melfort is 1998’ forward Drew Warkentine. In 36 games with the Mustangs last season Warkentine scored 15 goals and racked up 31 points. He also had 2 points in 4 playoff games. The former Prince Albert Raider has also spent time in the Western Hockey League. In 87 WHL games with the Raiders he scored 5 times and added 6 assists.
The Mustangs would like to wish Drew all the best with the Lloydminster Bobcats, and thank him for his time spent in Melfort.